I am so, so in love with this little child. And not just because when we say "It's time for bed" and put her in her crib, she falls right asleep and sleeps all night long. (I've heard about children who do this, but I thought it was an urban legend since Miss O has scoffed at sleep from day 1.)
In no particular order, things I want to remember:
(1) She loves that backpack and looks so stinking cute with it. She insists on wearing it everywhere, then when we stop, she'll take it off, stuff her head inside, and pull out everything one by one. If I say to her (in English) "Nan Yu, where is your backpack? Go get it!" she runs and grabs it. Smart girl!
(2) Last night she ran into the bedroom, said "Mama" and smacked my butt. I could have done without the butt smack, but OMG. She called me mama. We're still working on getting her to say "baba" and "jie jie" but she's started talking so much more in the last 24 hours it's unreal. Today in the van she took my water bottle, opened it, handed it to me, and said "he" (drink). She also started saying hello today.
(3) That kid is an eating machine. For breakfast I took her around the buffet and pointed at everything. "Yao bu yao zhe ge?" (Do you want this?) She definitively shook her head yes or no at each choice, then proceeded to devour a bowl of congee, two pieces of bread, scary amounts of dumplings and some noodles. With a GIANT fork. She is determined to use a fork for some reason, even for her bread. At points she'd get so frustrated that she'd pick up the noodle or bread with her fingers, carefully lay it on the fork, then eat it.
Or, y'know, just stick her head down onto her plate...
(4) The nannies brought her with everything we sent - I was shocked. She had the stuffed duck, the books, the socks and unnerwears, the puzzles, and a lovely picture album that the foster mother put together. We have two undeveloped cameras we need to drop off today - can't wait to see those pictures.
(5) When she woke up this morning she was clearly wary. Hell, who wouldn't be, if you woke up in a strange crib with three white people standing over you and grinning like idiots? She let me snuggle her for a while and stroke her leg, then seemed happy to get dressed and brush her teeth (herself, of course, and with the wrong side of the toothbrush) and head to breakfast.
(6) She LOVED the bath yesterday and did not want to get out. Every time I opened the drain to let out the water, she instantly closed it again. I don't think she's ever taken a bath with running water before - John said she was amazed by it and kept trying to grab at it.
(7) Nan Yu is so feisty and energetic. If she doesn't want something, she lets you know with a very firm shake of her head. She just goes and goes and goes -- this morning, she spent ages shoving around plastic stools in the playroom at the registry office -- and has the sweetest smile and giggle that she's been showing us more and more often.
(8) Today was the end of the Harmonious Period (the time between receiving your child and registering the adoption with the government) and we went back to the offices to meet with the officials and sign up forever as Nan Yu's parents. They asked us if we were happy with her and asked us how we planned to care for her, and asked us to promise to never abandon her or abuse her. We were only to happy to say yes and to make those promises.
(9) Miss O hit a wall today. She broke down in tears. "I just want to go home. I miss our house, and my friends, and Folly, and Pointy and Hedgie [stuffed animals]" and I just want to go home." I took her back to the room and rocked her 'til she fell asleep. My heart breaks that she is so off kilter and anxious. I think we'll be using the old divide-and-conquer strategy for a while, here.